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08 Jul 2019 | 08:22 PM UTC

Saudi Arabia: Houthis claim drone attack on Abha Airport (AHB) July 8 /update 17

Saudi Arabia News Alert

Houthi-run media claims Houthi militants carry out drone attack on Abha International Airport (AHB) and power station July 8; similar attacks expected over the coming days and weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Riyadh). COUNTRY/REGION Abha International Airport (AHB)

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Event

Houthi-run media has claimed that Houthi militants have carried out a drone attack targeting Abha International Airport (AHB) on Monday, July 8, as well as Tihama power station. Traffic bound for AHB has reportedly been placed on hold, according to unconfirmed media reports. No casualties were immediately reported.

Flight disruptions (e.g. delays and cancelations) are possible at AHB over the coming hours. Similar Houthi attacks targeting Saudi infrastructure and facilities are to be expected in southern Saudi Arabia over the coming days and weeks.

Context

Houthi rebels have claimed several missile attacks targeting Saudi facilities and infrastructure since late May 2019. The group has targeted airports in Abha, Jizan, and Najran. A Houthi-claimed missile attack wounded 26 people at the arrivals hall at Abha International Airport (AHB) on June 12. Material damage was also reported.

Reports estimate that Houthi militants have fired over 200 missiles at Saudi Arabia since 2015, when Saudi Arabia began backing the Yemeni government against Houthi separatists in the Yemeni Civil War. Southern Saudi Arabia is a frequent target of Houthi missile attacks, and Riyadh has also seen several missile attacks in the last several months; however, they rarely result in substantial damages or casualties.

Advice

Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. Confirm flight reservations before departing for AHB. Seek shelter immediately in the event of a missile attack.

 

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